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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,928 Ratings  ·  543 Reviews
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission.

Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Doubleday Childrens (first published 2013)
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Vitor Martins
Um livro rápido de ler, mas cheio de sentimentos. John Boyne é excelente pra contar histórias sobre a História e mais uma vez ele explorou a Primeira Guerra Mundial com uma perspectiva muito inocente e uma escrita muito bonita.
Mesmo nas cenas mais simples, esse livro não perde a oportunidade de passar uma mensagem de otimismo, amor e igualdade. Adorei <3
Oct 29, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
After reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I was sold on John Boyne as well as the enjoyment of reading young adult novels.

In this wonderful children's story, Alfie's determination to locate and rescue his beloved father leads him on a heartfelt and eventful adventure. While secretly working as a shoeshine boy to help his mother put food on the table during WW1, the nine year old lad discovers an important clue regarding his father's whereabouts and plans a secret mission resulting in his fir

Pam Gonçalves
John Boyne sempre arrasando na simplicidade das suas narrativas, mas sem deixar de lado algo tão profundo e tocante.

Mar 27, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Henry Holt and Company for the advanced copy

Alfie Summerfield discovers on his fifth birthday that his father is going off to war, World War I to be exact, and will return when the war is over, before Christmas. That time before Christmas lasts for more than four years. He was told by his mother that the reason why letters didn't come in through the mail was because he was on a secret mission, but to Alfie, all he could translate this to was that he was dead.

It wasn't unt
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Alfie and his family live a pretty uneventful life. All he wants to do is ride the milk float with his father. Then his father does something that changes their life forever. He volunteers to be in the war.

This setting is probably what interested me in the most. If you know about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you'll know I pretty much cried when I saw the movie. So naturally I had to pick this one up. I liked reading about th
Stacey (prettybooks)
As 2014 is the 100th anniversary of World War I (or, The Great War), we should expect many children's and young adult historical novels to come. (I hope). I grew up watching war films and Dad's Army, so I'd love to read more novels set during that period of history. Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is one of the first novels for young people to be published ahead of the centenary, written by John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas .

Alfie Summerfield was just five years old when Wo
Feb 03, 2014 Jon rated it liked it
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Few books have left a greater impression than The Boy In The Striped Pajamas did and years after reading it, I still get goosebumps thinking about it. I decided I would read Stay Where You Are & Then Leave because I was eager to see how John Boyne would tackle World War One. Though Boyne's latest novel isn't as memorable or unique as The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, it still has a lot going for it.

Alfie's character is beaming with innocence and he d
Octavio Pontes
Jun 16, 2016 Octavio Pontes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me impressiona a facilidade de John Boyne em escrever, com tamanha sensibilidade, histórias com panos de fundo tão pesados. Assim como O menino do pijama listrado, Fique onde está e então corra não me decepcionou em nenhum aspecto. Uma narrativa leve, fluida e uma escrita encantadora fazem com que uma história ambientada na Grande Guerra se torne um prato cheio para quem procura uma leitura tranquila, emocionante e sensível, mesmo com esse ambiente nada tranquilo. Só John Boyne para conseguir ta ...more
Feb 10, 2015 mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
To 2014 λόγω της επετείου των 100 χρόνων από τον πρώτο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο, πολλά βιβλία κυκλοφόρησαν σχετικά με αυτό το θέμα.Ένα από αυτά είναι και το «Μείνε εκεί που είσαι και μετά φύγε» που από τη πρώτη στιγμή μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον όχι μόνο λόγω της περίληψης αλλά και του πολύ όμορφου εξωφύλλου.
Ο μικρός Άλφι θα θυμάται για πάντα τα πέμπτα γενέθλια του καθώς ήταν η μέρα που ξεκίνησε ο πόλεμος, η μέρα που άλλαξε για πάντα τη ζωή του.Καθώς τα χρόνια περνούν ο Άλφι μαζί με τη μητέρα του τη Μάρτζι
Eric Boot
Apr 02, 2015 Eric Boot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars-wow, 2015
Dit boek gaat ooit in de toekomst het succes van 'de jongen in de gestreepte pyjama' overtreffen!
Jan 23, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does a different take on the typical "war novel for kids". It's good to see a light cast on all the mental torture endured and afflicted upon the soldiers. It is an often overlooked detail.
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Stay where you and leave is a brilliant read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

the story is told from the point of view of Alfie who is 9. His father went to war and never returned and he can't quite fathom what happened to him because his father insist he isn't dead. Alfie helps out his mother by working as a shoe shine a few days a week and whilst doing that he finds a clue as to where his father might be and decides to investigate further.

I must admit I was never a huge fan of boy in the striped p
May 07, 2015 Michaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knižka Zostaň kde si a potom odíď od Johna Boyna by mohla byť kľudne súčasťou odporúčaného čítania, ktoré sa týka 1. svetovej vojny. Očami 5-ročného chlapca Alfieho, ktorému na narodeniny skoro nik nepríde, že vraj sa to teraz nehodí - oslavovať, sa dozvedáme, čo sa stalo od začiatku vyhlásenia vojny. Jeho otec sa prihlási ako dobrovoľník a verí, že do Vianoc bude doma, že vojna sa tak rýchlo skončí. No nepovedal do ktorých Vianoc. A tak plynie čas, jeho listy sú stále nezrozumiteľnejšie a mama ...more
Darren Hartwell
Sep 26, 2013 Darren Hartwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

I read a lot of books. I always have, but since I started blogging I must read more than ever. Due to the volume I read some books are read, enjoyed and quickly forgotten (I also have a terrible memory). Some books linger in the memory for a little longer, for whatever reason. And then there are a small minority of books that take hold of your mind or your heart (or both) and simply refuse to let go. I read Stay Where You Are And Then Le
May 10, 2016 Hizatul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i finished it sharply at 1 am just now. and did i cry? the answer is yes :(( i wish alfie would always be happy with his family my goodness i love that boy. he was only nine when he tried to 'rescue' his father, ffs! where was i at nine? hmm, let me think. 404 error not found. i was merely nobody back then. but alfie is my role model. he is so damn strong and independent. p/s: please read this book!
Feb 08, 2016 AnnaWeasley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Bücher von John Boyne sind echt was besonderes. Diese Geschichten wären von anderen Autoren wahrscheinlich sehr langweilig. Aber er schafft es durch diese perfekt getroffene Naivität der Kinderaugen wahrlich Meisterwerke zu erschaffen! Das Buch hat mich nicht losgelassen.. ich musste es in einem Rutsch lesen.
Oct 24, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Visión indirecta de consecuencias de la Gran Guerra.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Alfie cumple cinco años el mismo día que el Imperio Austro-Húngaro le declara la guerra a Serbia y empieza oficialmente la Primera Guerra Mundial. Georgie, su padre, pronto se alistará voluntariamente y pensando que la guerra no durará mucho tiempo. Cuatro años después, Alfie no tiene claro que ha sido de su padre, la familia pasa penalidades y el muchacho ha visto cosas que no tiene muy claro cómo interpreta
Sep 30, 2015 Glorrry rated it it was amazing
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Mar 24, 2016 Nele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Op aanraden van gelezen en zonder de korte inhoud te lezen aan begonnen. Ik had dus geen idee dat het over de eerste wereldoorlog ging en om er dan in te beginnen, de dag van de aanslagen in Zaventem en Brussel... het kwam allemaal heel hard binnen, de angst heel herkenbaar. Het is een dun boekje en was dus ook snel uit, maar ik genoot er wel van. Het hoofdpersonage is in het grootste deel van het boek 9 jaar maar al zo (afschuwelijk) volwassen. Het is het soort kind dat je in je armen wil sluit ...more
Terri (Le Book Chronicles)
This will be the third book that I have read by John Boyne. I've previously read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Boy at the Top of the Mountain and I have to say, I was pretty disappointed. This is one of those books that after time passes, I end up liking it less and less.

The books (the ones I have read of his) are similar in the way that they are all narrated by a young boy, however this book focuses on World War I, whereas the other two focus on WWII. Even though that is the main diffe
Jul 07, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Written from the point of view of a child, this book covers a very disturbing topic and really should be read by high school age and above, not by younger children. Set in London during WWI, which England joins on Alfie's fifth birthday, we see the effects of the war on the women and children, the men who were unwilling or unable to serve, the foreigners in London and on the soldiers themselves. Because his father is away at war, Alfie has no choice but to grow up early and become rather indepen ...more
I am a steadfast fan of author John Boyne (best known for his novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas). He has a knack for capturing the unique voice of young boys who usually serve as his protagonists in his historical novels that are teaming with social issues of the day. Stay Where You Are & then Leave is the story of Alfie who is a mere five years old in 1914 when his father goes off to serve in the Great War....the war everyone said would be over by Christmas. As Alfie later notes, no one ...more
Alex Baugh
Mar 19, 2014 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-i
For Alfie Summerfield, the first five years of his life had been grand. He was a happy little boy, and his dad and mum were happy with each other and with him. His father, Georgie Summerfield, delivered milk and drove a milk float every morning pulled by a horse name Mr. Asquith. It was Alfie's dream to some day be big enough to ride along side his dad and help. Alfie's Granny Summerfield, who lived right across the street, always liked to come around for a bit of a gossip. And Alfie had a best ...more
I have a coworker who really, really dislikes The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

This same coworker also disliked When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, so maybe we just agree to disagree on certain literary topics. Which is very cool; lately I've been having "discussions" on Goodreads with people who refuse to see a viewpoint other than their own, and who cannot fathom how something offensive can, you know, offend people.

But back to the boy in the pajamas. I thought it packed quite a p
Harun Harahap
Nov 24, 2013 Harun Harahap rated it really liked it
Sebelum membaca buku ini, gue berpikir cerita yang diangkat John Boyne adalah cerita tentang pendudukan Jerman di beberapa negara. Seperti di buku sebelumnya, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Namun ternyata ini bukan tentang Nazi ataupun Auchswitz. Walaupun tetap berhubungan dengan perang. Tetapi ini mengambil tempat di London. Di mana Inggris sedang berperang dengan Perancis dalam Perang Dunia I.

Sejak bab pertama, gue sudah yakin ini akan menjadi cerita yang mengharu biru. Apalagi tokoh utamanya
Ananya Ghosh
This was a faboulous book, the one I needed after the last two disappointments. I like books that enrich me, and this has done just that.
The protagonist was a boy who grows from 5 to 13 during the course of the narrative and his narrative perspective is fresh, raw, real and innocent. Set in the time of First World War, it doesn't document the war but the consequences of it on the lives of people, lower middle class, seldom-wanting-to-change kind of people. The changes it brought to the people o
Feb 01, 2015 Polyj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
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Kelly Eeckhaut
Feb 01, 2016 Kelly Eeckhaut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Net als The Boy in the Striped Pajamas van dezelfde auteur is dit boekje geschreven vanuit het perspectief van een jongetje, eerst van 5 en daarna van 9 jaar. Dit verhaal speelt zich af tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog i.p.v. tijdens de Tweede, maar verder heeft dit boek veel weg van The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Het leest heel vlot, en ik ben fan geworden van die kleine, dappere, naïeve jongen die te snel volwassen moest worden. Triest, maar minder triest dan The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, en ...more
Raven and Beez

If you X-rayed me right now, you would see shards of my heart all over my chest. So before beginning this review, WARNING!: YOU WILL BE EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED BY THE HANDS OF A PAPERBACK!

Moving on...

I love history. It's something that surprises people for some reason. I might not know everything about history but I love knowing more about it. There is the appeal of the unknown. So I guess that is one of the reasons why I picked up this book from the libr
Sarah Monsma
Dec 04, 2014 Sarah Monsma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Just before his party on Alfie’s fifth birthday, war is declared. As suddenly as that, Alfie’s comfortable life in London is turned upside down. Alfie’s dad joins up the following day. Dad sends letters from his training camp and also from the trenches. In the years that follow, Alfie learns to check the casualty lists in the paper every day and never sees his dad’s number there. Even so, Alfie’s relief is halfhearted because Dad’s letters have stopped coming and Alfie’s mum has become evasive a ...more
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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

His nove
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